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Mud pollution enforcement needs improvement, environmentalists say

"Under construction" may be a sign of progress to many, but bare soil at a building site poses a serious threat to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries if allowed to wash away in a rainstorm.

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EPA praises Maryland's farm pollution control efforts, skips shortcomings

The Environmental Protection Agency has praised Maryland's efforts to curb farm animal pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, calling them "robust and well-implemented." But the laudatory federal press release Monday omitted any mention of compliance and inspection shortcomings that agency officials found in the state.

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Poor air quality forecast Tuesday as heat, humidity rise

A "Code Orange" air quality alert is in effect for Tuesday and could be extended further into what is forecast to be a hot and humid week.

The Maryland Department of the Environment warns that air pollution could be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as the elderly, children and people with heart or lung conditions. Those groups are encouraged to avoid activity outdoors.

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Want to help the bay? Plant seeds in September

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking for volunteers to help plant wetland grasses and shrubs at Maryland Sunrise Farm in Gambrills as part of a runoff management project.

The foundation, in partnership with the U.S.

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Lead-poisoning settlement deals draw scrutiny, calls for reform

Maryland lawmakers vowed Thursday to investigate and clamp down on companies that "buy" lawsuit settlements after learning that hundreds of lead-poisoning victims in Baltimore had signed away their court-approved rights to long-term financial support in return for quick cash worth only a fraction of what they were due.

Attorney General Brian E.

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Zebra mussels found in Gunpowder, Middle rivers

Possibly aided by June's record wet weather, invasive zebra mussels have found their way down the Chesapeake Bay as far as Middle River, not far from Baltimore.

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